is inviting public school educators from across Washington state to two seminars that focus on Cedar River's student-centered education model on April 20 and May 11, according to a school press release.
These seminars are a continuation of discussions that began in Olympia on March 16 at Education Services District 113 in Olympia. ESD 113's seminar, named 'Norming, Storming, and Reforming,' was focused on an expanding education reform movement centered on education models that emphasize student performance and active learning, rather than counting the number of hours a student attends a class.
Kristin McSwan, Cedar River Academy's Head of School, and Roger Franklin, Cedar River Academy founder, presented the Cedar River Academy education model to the ESD 113 seminar attendees. The upcoming Cedar River Academy hosted seminars will allow public school educators to learn the details of CRA's Student-Centered Education Model and its potential application in public schools.
“Cedar River Academy applies its Student-Centered Education Model to transfer learning responsibility from teachers to students”, said McSwan. “Our students develop subject matter skills and then apply them to projects that interest them. Our research, build, document, and present cycle assures students have a high interest level and deep conceptual subject matter understanding.”
Nationwide, educators are increasingly interested in innovative ways to improve student skills, keep students in school, and prepare students for college and life. In Washington state, a growing number of schools are realizing increased retention rates and improved skills when innovative approaches to education are applied. Examples of these innovative schools are Delta High in the Richland area, Highline Big Picture High in Seatac, and Truman High in Federal Way.
“We have invested significant resources to define and improve the CRA education model,” said Franklin. “Exceptional education should not be reserved for those who can pay tuition at a private school. It can, and
should be available to every child. We are happy to freely share our model with other educators in the hope they will find elements of our program that will benefit their students and programs.”
Both seminars take place on the Cedar River Academy campus at 3333 Griffin Avenue in Enumclaw and start at 9:30 a.m. For questions about the seminars, contact Kristin McSwan at 360-825-8080.
Learn more about Cedar River Academy at www.CedarRiverAcademy.com.